Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Take Them as They Come

Pa said, “It seems we have to have about so many electric stroms. If we don;t get them in blizzards in the winter time, we get them in cyclones and thunderstorms in the summer.” “We can’t do anything about it, so we must take them as they come,” said Ma. – These Happy Golden Years p.197

Blizzards in the winter, tornadoes in the summer, floods in the spring. It always seems to be one things after another here. I’m often asked how I can deal with such things and my answer is always the same, I can’t control the weather so we just deal with it as it happens!

That’s not saying that we just sit here and watch it happen, we like to be prepared as much as we can. But I don’t stress over the weather. It’s out of my control!

I think one of the biggest parts of learning to be self sufficient is learning how to deal with storms. (Both weather storms and life storms!) Don’t build your house in the flood plain, build a storm cellar for the bad storms, have emergency kits on hand for when you need them. Don’t leave it up to chance that everything will be ok, you never know when you may need to be prepared!

So you are prepared for storms or do you leave it to chance? Do you stress about them or do you “take them as they come”?

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  1. I have been re-reading this series. Haven’t read it since I was a kid. Really enjoying reading it as an adult.

  2. I just inherited my Grandmothers collection of paperback Little House books,so love that show

  3. These Happy Golden Years is a great older perspective. Grass roots living. So love them 🙂

  4. I try to be as prepared as I can be for weather storms and life storms, but there will always be unexpected things that pop up…and in those moments, I really try not to worry. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  5. I’d like to think I am prepared for actual storms with 72-hour kits, food supply, extra water and the like. I’ve lived through multiple hurricanes, a few tornadoes, two earthquakes and five car accidents and been homeless three times in my life. All of this has taught me you can never be too prepared for life, you can never be fully prepared for what life throws at you and all you really need to survive can be carried.

  6. I think that rehearsing the ‘bad moments’, especially with young children, can help. Have a family night where you act out what you would do in an emergency. Like Charades, write the emergencies on popsicle sticks, put them in a small jar, let family members pull them out and act them out! Then talk about what the family will do in each emergency. Muscle memory always helps in emergencies. ;D